How I Organise my Reading Journal

How I Organise my Reading Journal

I recently wrote a tweet asking if anyone would be interested in an updated reading journal post and response was fairly overwhelming and positive so here I am. I wrote a post back in 2017 about my reading journal at the time and whilst my lay out hasn’t changed that much, I’ve found that the way I am keeping track now has improved since and it is prettier.

Please don’t judge me for my lack of creativity because I am definitely not the most creative person (despite the fact I did Art at GCSE) and my handwriting isn’t the best so apologies in advance for my bad presentation skills but ya know, I’m working on it. I want to have prettier journal spreads as I definitely feel like they encourage me to use my journal more.

So planning my journal. Well, I’ve gathered my ideas for my journal over the last few years and if I’ve seen anybody else using or doing something in their journal that I like, I’ve added that to my list of inspiration. Of course, when I started creating my own reading journal over 2 years ago now (I tried to keep one in 2016) I had my own ideas but if I do see someone doing something I like then I definitely will incorporate that.

So the picture as this post header is the front page of my reading journal. It’s quite simple because I don’t use it that often but I did add a little open book sticker which I bought on Etsy from LondonGifties a little while back. I’m actually looking to buy a new planner for next year as the pages in this one are fairly yellow but that’s something I’ll be looking into ready for 2020 as we’re half way through the year and I don’t want to waste my current planner.

So the next pages you see when you open my reading journal is my Series to finish page. This includes the series I want to finish this year and the Shadowhunters books, which I want to try and tick off more books from because man, there are a lot.

As you can see, I have these boxes next to the books which I just mark off when I’ve read the books. I’m hoping to see the majority of the series on these pages completed by the end of 2019.

After my Series page, I then have my ‘Books Read in 2019’ page and my 2019 Goals. As you can see, I’m filling in the boxes on my ‘Books Read’ page so I can keep track of my reading throughout the year.

On my 2019 goals page, I’ve only got a few goals for the year but as you can see, I’ve already been able to fill in the heart next to 30 books so I’ve completed that one already! I then just have a few other goals for 2019 that I haven’t got to yet but hopefully they should all be complete by the end of the year.

In June, I made more of an effort to work on the spread and I’ve definitely used it more, updating it every time I’ve finished a book. This is the first month I’ve had a proper theme and although it is fairly subtle, I really like it.

As you can see, I have my TBR on one side and then listed all the books I read in the month on the other side, including a total at the top for the full amount of books read.

For June, I decided to go for a rainbow theme for Pride month and I really love how it looks. My spreads can alway be better, but I’m fairly happy with how it turned out because it’s the first month I’ve started to really put more effort into my spreads.

I am working on my spreads every month and definitely want to keep improving with them. I’m already planning to add a favourite books of the month section. As you can see, I’ve already done my July spreads but I’m planning to make August sun-themed because it’s Summer! We’ll see how that goes..

For my July spread, I decided to make the spread cover two pages rather than one. As you can see, on the left side, I have a page for my blog posts where I can record which ones need to go up in the month. On the right side, I have my TBR. I have since added to it with my O.W.L.’s TBR, but it’s including two of the books from my TBR anyway. On turning the page, you’ll just be able to see a list of the books I’ve read at the end of the month. That also takes up two pages, which I know I won’t fill with just my books read so I’m thinking of doing a mini reflection on the month including my favourite book of the month, least enjoyed book of the month, etc.

So that’s really it with my reading journal for the moment. Like I said earlier, I’m trying to improve my spreads as I want to be able to look back at the end of the year and enjoy looking at the books I’ve read and the page designs. They’re definitely improving every month so that’ll also be nice to see at the end of the year.

I’d be really interested to hear if you use a reading journal and to see how you lay it out. I’d also be super happy if you do find any of this useful or if you’ve taken inspiration or ideas from this, so do please let me know!

Organising My Goodreads

With just under 250 books currently on my TBR, I am in definite need of organisation when it comes to my bookshelves.

I wrote a post not long after I started my blog in 2017 about how I organise my Goodreads and while a lot of it hasn’t changed, I wanted to give an updated post based on how I organise my books on Goodreads in case anyone is looking for ideas.

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So first off, I wanted to talk about my Currently Reading shelf. I always track my current reads on Goodreads. I just love seeing my progress through a book and I make sure to update whenever I’ve finished a reading session.

It’s a fairly self explanatory shelf. I try not to put too much on it as seeing too many books on this shelf starts to stress me out and that leads to a slump.

 

Screen Shot 2019-04-23 at 21.48.58Next up is the reading challenge. This is my fifth consecutive year of Goodreads challenges. I enjoy seeing how far ahead I am in my challenge. It does push me to finish more books, especially if I am ahead of schedule. 

 

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Here’s my first shelf. I like that Goodreads shows you the most recently added books to your Want to Read shelf. I feel like mine is always changing what with adding books to it and reading books from it.

This shelf only has the books that I own. I have a separate shelf for any books that I want to read but don’t own.

 

So these are my shelves. As you can see, I don’t have that many shelves and a couple of them are historic. I’ve personally found that I use Goodreads much more efficiently with less shelves. I used to have a lot more than this, but I just found my page so bogged down with shelves. I realised that I only really used four shelves so because of that, I significantly cut down and it has worked out well for me.

The shelves that I do use are:

  • Want to Read – As shown above.
  • Currently Reading – As shown above.
  • Read – This shelf is self explanatory, this is where the books that I have read are shelved (Just a side note, I am really happy that my Read shelf finally has more books on it than my Want to Read which means my TBR is getting shorter, yay).
  • Wishlist – This shelf includes all books that I don’t own but want to read. I find it much easier to manage the books on my TBR by having two separate shelves rather than having the books I want to read that I own and don’t own all on one shelf.

For 2019, I made a 2019 TBR. This is the first time I have ever made a TBR shelf for a year. I created this shelf so that I can look at it at the end of the year and see how many books off this shelf I have actually read. I added plenty of books to it (over my Goodreads goal for the year) to give myself options as I have a habit of not sticking to TBRs. I either need lots of books on it or 2-3 books so that I give myself lots of choice.

So that’s my Goodreads organisation. I hope that it’s been helpful post or just good to read if you wanted to have a nose at how I organise my shelves. I’d love to hear about how you all organise your Goodreads page or if you have any tips, it’d be great for you to share them here so others can benefit from them!

 

How I Organise my Goodreads

Goodreads is a big part of my bookish life, and if you’re a reader too then I’m sure it’s also a big part of yours! If you haven’t yet signed up to Goodreads (in which case, what are you waiting for?), here’s a little bit of info for you!

  • Multiple shelves where you keep books you want to read, books you’re reading and books you’ve read
  • You can track your reading progress
  • You can set a yearly goal a.k.a the Goodreads reading challenge
  • Keep up to date with what your friends are reading
  • Rate & review the books you’ve read
  • A great community full of book lovers
  • Become part of a book club – or create one yourself!

So with that, I want to show you how I organise my own Goodreads. Let’s get going!

 

I track my reading progress with every book I read, almost obsessively, as I like to see how far through a book I am and Goodreads tells me my percentage – so helpful! At one point I had 4 books on this list and I can’t even tell you how stressed that made me…never again!

 

 

Underneath my Currently Reading is my Want to Read shelf, which they have displayed beautifully on the side with all those gorgeous book covers! I have a lotttt of books on this shelf (160+)!

 

 

And here are all the shelves I currently have on my goodreads. Read, Currently Reading, Want to Read and Wishlist are my most important shelves. Read obviously is what it is, as is Currently Reading, but Want to Read and Wishlist are a bit different.

The books on my Want to Read are books that I actually own that I want/need to read, whereas the books on my wishlist are books that I want to read but don’t own! I actually find having the two different shelves to be really helpful as it helps me keep track of what I own.

The other shelves are shelves that I have added myself (including Wishlist that I added). I did have a lot more but in hindsight, it was quite excessive and was a pain in the bum as I’d be adding a book to several shelves. Here’s a quick run down of my shelves:

DNF – Books I started but didn’t finish. I’m glad that there are only 3 on here. I wanted this shelf as I started reading these books but just wasn’t in the mood for them or they just weren’t for me. I have this shelf because I never know if/when I might want to come back to these books!

Wishlist – As explained, this shelf is everything that I want to read, but don’t own yet. It helps me to manage my big TBR, but gives me a place to store all the other books I want to read so that I don’t forget about them, seeing as my owned books TBR is large enough as it is!

Big love – This shelf is home to the books that I absolutely love! This is also my ‘featured shelf’ on my profile page!

Diverse Books I Own – There is always a discussion on twitter about diverse books, and although I have not read a lot of diverse book myself, this doesn’t in any way mean that I don’t want too. So in my effort to start reading more diverse books, I’ve created a list of books from my Want to Read and Wishlist shelves that fit into this category.

Flights of Fantasy 2015/2016/2017 – The Flights of Fantasy challenge is one held by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and Rachel of Hello Chelly. I’ve participated both last year and this year, but as I wasn’t so active blogging last year or so much this year, I’ve found it really easy to keep track of where I am with the challenge through these shelves!

Read 2013/2014 – These are pretty self explanatory. Although I have the reading challenges each year to look at, I like having these shelves which show me what I’ve read each year. It’s interesting to see the numbers next to each one and to look at how my tastes have changed! Up until recently, I did have 2015 and 2016 shelves, but the Goodreads reading challenge keeps track of these for me!

So that’s how I organise my Goodreads! I should add that as well as having my owned books on my To Read shelf on Goodreads, I also have my owned TBR as a list on my phone’s Reminder app. It’s really useful to be able to tick off books as I read on it and it’s another easy and great way to keep track! If you want to know or see anymore, please do let me know! You can find me on Goodreads here!